Wednesday 19 June, 2019

NEPA starts online campaign to commemorate National Wood and Water Day

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has started an online campaign to commemorate National Wood and Water Day which will be celebrated on Saturday October 1.

     

This year NEPA has launched a Tree for Life campaign which encourages Jamaicans to plant a tree for someone they love and as an investment in the future.  

Persons are also being asked to: Buy and plant a fruit tree or flowering plant at a location of their choice; Take a picture of themselves and share on NEPA’s Facebook page using hashtags
#TreesofLove #TreesforLife #WoodandWaterDay.

The activities are being carried out under the GOJ/GEF/IDB Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas Project.

The project aims to improve the conservation and management of biodiversity and lands within the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management areas by implementing sustainable agriculture, forestry, land management and livelihoods practices within targeted communities.

 

The Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Units (WMUs) are two of the most severely degraded watersheds in the island. Both help make up 10% of the world renowned Blue and
John Crow Mountains National Park, support more than 15,000 farmers and 7% ofthe country’s farmlands. Since 1985, National Wood and
Water Day has been used to promote the reduction of deforestation and improve the quality of degraded watershed management units. Watersheds are
areas of land that collect, store and release water to rivers, streams and eventually the sea. Essentially all of Jamaica is a watershed.

 

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